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Vietnam – China Pledge to Restrain Disputes at Sea

From January 12-15, 2017, Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid an official visit to China on the threshold of the Lunar New Year. Based on a straight and faithful spirit, the visit had fruitful outcomes, including Vietnam and China’s pledge to restrain disputes at sea, maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and increase effectiveness of cooperation in many fields to build a firm foundation for the two countries’ relations. 
The official visit to China of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong left many outstanding imprints. Chinese leaders received Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the highest ceremony level with many events expressing special respect for the relations of the two parties and states, including the cannon salute. For the first time talks were set and meetings were had with five out of seven members of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China. The discussion with Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping lasted 80 minutes with practical and comprehensive contents. Besides the official welcoming ceremony, the talks and a banquet, Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping invited Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to attend a friendly tea party. 


Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping receives Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


The welcoming ceremony for Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong
is held solemnly at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA



The two leaders greet children at the welcoming ceremony. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds talks with Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


The two leaders witness the signing ceremony of cooperation documents between the two countries. Photo: VNA


Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping introduces the Chinese art of preparing tea
to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA



Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping hosts a tea party to welcome Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

During the visit, the top leaders shared common awareness in the relations of the two parties and states and cooperation of Vietnam and China. They also reached a consensus to strengthen political trust, reinforce friendship, promote cooperation, and maintain peace and friendship, and a healthy and stable impetus between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to release a 10-point Joint Communiqué which highlights the need to increase high-level meetings, cooperation and exchanges between the two parties, promote strategic connectivity, foster trade-investment ties, expand national defence-security cooperation, enhance people-to-people exchanges, and strengthen social foundations. During the visit, 15 important documents were signed between the agencies of the two parties and nations in order to intensify cooperation in different areas, and other economic deals inked between businesses.


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

The Vietnamese leader has a meeting with Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People's Congress of China. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA



T
he Vietnamese Party leader meets with Yu Zhengsheng,
Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA



Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has a meeting with Wang Qishan,
Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of China. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

 
The leaders also straightforwardly, sincerely and openly discussed existing matters in bilateral ties, especially the East Sea issue, and emphasised the necessity to abide by the Agreement on Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Issues at Sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and promptly formulate a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), control disputes at sea, and refrain from actions that further complicate and extend disputes for peace and stability in the East Sea.


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
attend a friendly meeting celebrating the 67th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic ties
and the upcoming Lunar New Year. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA



The Vietnamese Party leader has a meeting with Chinese enterprises. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA 


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits the ancient street of Hefang in Zhejiang province. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

The Vietnamese Party leader buys souvenirs at a shop on the ancient street of Hefang. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong enjoys Longjing tea on the ancient street of Hefang. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits the Wan Shili Group in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


The Vietnamese Party leader visits West Lake in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA
 
The fruitful outcome of the visit expressed the two sides’ goodwill to further develop the relationship between the two parties and nations in a healthy, positive and steady way in the future.

During the trip,  Head of the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong has a meeting
with Liu Qibao, Head of the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China. Photo: Vinh Ha/VNA



Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich holds talks with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan. Photo: Vinh Ha/VNA


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Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam has a meeting with Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Central Political
and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China. Photo: Luong Anh Tuan/VNA 

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